Ronda Rousey Makes the Jump to MMA

Posted: June 22, 2011 in Judo, MMA
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I used to train in Judo under Maurice Allan at Sport Judo, and his daughter, Kristen, was an Olympic hopeful. The one thing that always stood in Kristen’s way was Ronda Rousey. Ronda is a magnificent judoka (one who practices judo), having been to several Olympic games had having won a medal representing the USA. I just found out that she made the switch to mixed martial arts. Below is a video of her second professional fight, which was against Charmaine Tweet. Don’t blink.

Watch for this one. She could very well be the future of women’s MMA, and she definitely lends credibility to the women’s division. She’s had only two fights (both wins), and she’s already ranked as #10-ranked 145-pound female MMA fighter in the world according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings. The only knock against her is that she’s spent less than four minutes in the cage as an amateur and professional combined. Of course, that’s because she’s slapped an armbar on every single opponent she’s faced in under one minute. For her complete resume, head over to her “About” page and professional “Record” page.

I expect to see her in Strikeforce soon. Moreover, it will be hard for Dana White to continue to ignore women’s MMA with women like Ronda in the mix.

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